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Q&A with Pink: Pop star and mom focuses on her new album, which puts her singing first

Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

"You want a beer?" Pink asked, though she seemed more than happy to drink alone.

Standing in her cheerfully cluttered kitchen on a recent evening, the pop star had just finished a lengthy television shoot at her home north of Los Angeles and was now overseeing dinner for her 9-month-old son, Jameson.

In the living room, Pink's 6-year-old daughter, Willow -- the subject of a moving speech her mother gave at August's MTV Video Music Awards about stifling beauty standards -- was practicing cartwheels loudly as her father, Carey Hart, prepared to take her for a motorcycle ride.

"Don't be home too late," Pink told Hart, a retired motocross racer. "School tomorrow."

It had been a long day, and it wasn't over yet.

"Cheers," the singer said, turning to me with a weary grin. Then she clinked her bottle against mine and took a restorative gulp.

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At this point, Pink, 38, is accustomed to hanging in there -- and to doing more than one thing at a time.

Born Alecia Moore in blue-collar Doylestown, Pa., she's set to release her seventh solo studio album, "Beautiful Trauma," on Friday, nearly two decades after she first crashed the top 10 with her debut single, "There You Go." Since then she's consistently racked up hits (including the No. 1 smashes "So What" and "Raise Your Glass") even as her music has evolved from quick-stepping R&B to guitar-fueled pop to lung-busting power ballads like "Just Give Me a Reason."

On "Beautiful Trauma," Pink takes up many of her reliable themes -- fear, anxiety, the lure of damaged love -- in highly detailed productions that pull from rock, folk and hip-hop. Yet the music, which Pink created alongside studio wizards such as Max Martin, Jack Antonoff and Greg Kurstin, always feels designed to showcase her powerful singing.

Ross Golan, who co-wrote "Barbies" and served as Pink's vocal producer on the track, remembered asking his engineer to turn off Auto-Tune as they were recording the song.

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